Rev. Thomas E. Schiffer

August 16, 1936 - April 30, 2008

08/16/1936 - 04/30/2008

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday May 03, 2008
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Jude Catholic Church
710 Jefferson Ave.
Glen Dale, WV 26038
Directions
Additional Information:

Sun. 1-4 and 6-7:30 pm at St. Jude Catholic Church and Mon 10 until time of service at 11:00 at St. Jospeh Cathedral, Wheeling

Service
Monday May 05, 2008
11:00 am
St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
Cemetery
Monday May 05, 2008
4:00 pm
St. Paul Catholic Cemetery
North 24th St.
Weirton, WV 26062
304-7230622 | Directions
Visitation
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Jude Catholic Church
710 Jefferson Ave.
Glen Dale, WV 26038
Directions
Additional Information:

Sun. 1-4 and 6-7:30 pm at St. Jude Catholic Church and Mon 10 until time of service at 11:00 at St. Jospeh Cathedral, Wheeling

Rev. Thomas Edward Schiffer pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church, Glen Dale, West Virginia, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at Ohio Valley Medical Center. He was born August 16, 1936 a son of the late Frank J. and Elizabeth Flynn Schiffer.
Fr. Tom grew up in Warwood and graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 1954. His first assignment after his ordination in 1963 was at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Wheeling. He served as pastor at St. Patrick’s parish in Hinton, WV where he ministered as the chaplain of Alderson Federal Prison for women. For the next thirty-five years, Fr. Tom pastored in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia serving the people of St. Anthony’s Parish in Follansbee, WV and later at St. Paul’s Parish in Weirton, WV, and St. Jude’s Parish in Glen Dale.
Father Tom was known and loved for his kindness and compassion to those he served. He was generous to everyone especially the poor. A driving force in his ministry was his great love for family. This was reflected in his own family as well as his parish family evidenced by his selfless care for his brother Jimmy, and his nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Schiffer Carey, brothers Jackie and Jimmy, and his brother in-law Robert Carey.
He is survived by his sister, Sister Kathleen Schiffer, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Director of Pastoral Care at Ohio Valley Medical Center. Also surviving are his four nephews whom he raised, Frank Carey and his wife, Kathy; Tim Carey and his wife, Missy and Jim Carey, all of Weirton, as well as Joe Carey and his wife, Julie, of New York City.
He is also survived by Tim’s children; Megan, Bob, Madeline and Max Carey. Also surviving are Frank’s children; Leslie, Erin, Kyle and Stacey who called him “Pappap” and Isabella and Collin his “great grandchildren”.
Father Schiffer will lie in state at St. Jude Catholic Church in Glen Dale on Saturday from 1-4 and 7-8:30 and on Sunday from 1-4 and 6 until the time of the vigil service at 7:30.
He will then lie in state on Monday from 10am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00am at St. Joseph Cathedral Wheeling. Committal prayers followed by interment will take place on Monday at 4:00pm at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling.
On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Church, Glen Dale WV or Sisters of St. Joseph-Wheeling Center, 137 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003.

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jody miller
8 years ago

Although we did not really know Fr. Tom, I’m sure he was a wonderful person. We send our deepest sympathy and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. By just being related to Sr. Kathleen he had to be such an outstanding person and I’m sure touched the lives of others just as she has done. You’re forever in our thoughts and prayers.

The Gary Miller Family

Linda Tipton
8 years ago

Dear Frank,

I am your long-lost friend in Georgia. We went to WLSC together. Your uncle was truly a wonderful person. He was generous and kind and had a sense of humor. I really enjoyed listening to his sermons. He always seemed to know what I needed to hear. I am sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

Linda Tipton

Luanne Vagnozzi Carroll
8 years ago

Dear guys…I was very sad to hear of your loss. I do not need to tell you what a great man he was – you already know that. I will tell you that I was truly blessed to have known him and he touched my life in a way that very few do. I wish you all a blessed life and always remember Uncle Tom is watching!! Don’t have too much fun without him.

Cathy Bever
8 years ago

Dear Jim,

My deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a wonderful man and has touched so many lives there is a special place in Heaven for him! He and Uncle Jimmy are together now.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless,

Cathy Bever

Jane and George Krupica
8 years ago

Dear Schiffer family,

We are so sorry to hear about Fr Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful priest who had so much compassion and understanding for everyone he met. Fr Tom was always there whenever we would call upon him when my own father was hospitalized Mitch. Fr had a great sense of humor that we will never forget. We often attended Mass at St Jude.

We cetainly will miss him.

God Bless all of you.

George and Jane Krupica

Stanley Tuchalski
8 years ago

Dear Schiffer Family:

I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support at this time when you grieve the loss of Fr. Tom. I know his passing has left a great void in your life!

Tom was truly a pastoral priest who cared for the person to the very core of thier being. He had a natural gift for caring for others as you so well know.

I appreciate the time I spent at St. Paul’s with him and enjoyed hearing from him periodically in the time that passed.

I am confidant that God has welcomed him whole-heartedly into Heaven’s glory.

Sincerely,

Stan Tuchalski

Pete and Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

Dear Tim and Family:

Sorry to hear about your uncle.

He was a great guy and we always enjoyed speaking with him when our paths crossed.

He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Lisa Marino-McIntosh
8 years ago

Father Schiffer was the Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Follansbee, WV when I was growing up and attending grade school there. He exemplified the word integrity both as a priest and a father to his nephews All grew to be fine men of faith and refinement with his lead. God bless you, Fr. Shiffer, may you take your righful place in Heaven amongst the saints. My regards to his family. God bless you and yours always.

Tina Costain
8 years ago

Father Tom will be greatly missed by all in the Ohio Valley. My Mom and I were sad to hear he passed away, he was a good man.

David & Kathryn Leach
8 years ago

Father Tom will be missed by many. He always had time to help with problems. I am so glad he celebrated our vows for our 50th Anniversay. God has a place waiting for him

Thinking of his family and praying for them today

Tim Beadling
8 years ago

Father Tom will be remembered for his great love and compassion for people and the faithfulness with which he answered the Lord’s call. To all his family, these words from Psalm 15 should give you comfort in the days ahead to know that though Father Tom died, he did not perish:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Chip Slaven
8 years ago

Father Tommy was a wonderful person. He was a joy to be around and inspiration of how to live a good life. I want to offer my deepest sympathy to all of his family, friends, and parish members. Gob bless Father Tommy.

Frances Asfour
8 years ago

Fr. Tom was always so wonderful with young people. I have many memories of my daughter Lisa speending time at the rectory with Joe and Fr. Tom – he’d call if she was late to let me know she was ok. My sympathies are with you Joe and your family and brothers.

Debby Glaspell
8 years ago

Fr.Schiffer was a great guy. He will be remembered always. God bless you all.

Philip McKenna
8 years ago

I first met Father Schiffer in 1981 when his nephew, Tim Carey, invited me out to his home Father Schiffer’s rectory during Spring Break from the US Naval Academy. Father Schiffer welcomed me into his home and treated me like one of the family during the visit. I again was welcomed into the rectory for Tim Carey’s USNA graduation party when a bunch of us company mates spent a few days there celebrating Tim’s and our graduation. Father Schiffer was truly a generous and thoughtful man.

Rosemary
8 years ago

I knew “Tommy” when we both worked for Chas. M. Sledd Co. He worked there in the summers. He was a very likeable person, God chose wisely when he chose him to lead his flock.

My sympathy to all of his family.

Nicole Stump Sergent
8 years ago

I remember going to Ash Wed. services at St. Paul’s while home on break one spring. As each person reached the front, Fr. Tom’s voice boomed “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” Over and over again I heard that as I approached the front on the church. In front of me was a small child. When he reached the front, instead of repeating the line, he said just as loudly “Do you love Jesus?” The child nodded, looking up at his big frame,and he blessed him and said “Good, He loves you too.” I will always remember Father Tom as a friend to children and young people who effectively showed how Jesus does love them! My sympathies to Joe and family.

Melody Babinchok
8 years ago

I shall miss Father Tom dearly, he was such a kind and loving man. He touched the heart of me and my children so deeply. No matter what problems you were having just talking with him helped so much. He touched the lives of my kids, Tyler and especially Ashley. He will be missed dearly. Frank our prayers are with & your family and I know that he will be watching over you and all the people he loved so much. He is finally at peace and at home with his maker. No one will be able to fill his shoes. Father Tom I will miss you so much and you will be forever in my heart.

Dave Dammen
8 years ago

I will pray for Tom and for all his family during their time of loss. And I will happily remember all the fun and laughs I had with Tom while together at St. Charles.

Al & Eileen Bennett
8 years ago

It saddens our hearts to hear of Fr Toms death.He was such a good pastor while we lived in Follansbee and our children went to St Anthony school we saw him often in Weirton and a few times in Glen Dale and knew his health was not good. Please know that we will keep him and his family in our prayers, as he certainly has kept us in his.

Allen & Eileen Bennett

Knoxville, TN

Connie and Chuck Miller
8 years ago

It was with great sadness that we learned of Father TomâÄôs passing. He was our pastor at St. PaulâÄôs in Weirton where we came to love him. He was a very special man and a very special priest with the gifts of humor, compassion and understanding. There is one less light shining in the world today and many, many people, including us, will sadly miss him. Our deepest sympathy goes to Frank, Kathy, and all of his family.

Laura Lafferty Cantrell
8 years ago

Joe and family,

I have so many memories of spending time with you, Uncle Tommy and the rest of the Carey family. Everyone who knew Uncle Tommy, knew how wonderfully funny and loving he was. Thank you for all the memories….they will be with me always. I will have all of you in my thoughts.

Lisa Asfour Flaifel
8 years ago

Joe,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Unlce Tommy Fr. Tom….I will always have great memories of the many late nights at the rectory during high school…My thoughts and prayers are with you are your whole family. Much Love,

Lisa

Kathy & Romie Castelli
8 years ago

Joe,

We were so sorry to hear of Fr. Tom’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. He will be missed.

Sincerely,

Kathy & Romie Castelli

Lionel and Sharon Torbett
8 years ago

Kathy,

We awere shocked to hear about your brother. We always had such great respect and admiration for him. He married Sharon and me back in 1966. We were acouple of kids ourselves then, and his pre-Cana guidance has forever impacted us. Marriage like all relationships can have its “ups and downs”, and we were no exceptions. But he was ever present in our life by his binding us with God’s sign in our union. We always felt that he expected us to succeed. He touched our hearts and souls and lives beyond measure.

Lionel

Becky Komorowski
8 years ago

Mike and I send our deepest sympathy at the loss of Fr.Tom. We have loved him so dearly for such a long time. He played such a significant role in our lives. We always enjoyed our family vacations with him at the lake and then the beach. He married Mike and I in 1972 and then baptized both of our sons. We will truly miss him.

Our love to all of you at this time of such sadness.

Monica DiLullo LeFever
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to all Fr. Tom’s family….Fr. Tom, You have touched my heart in ways I will cherish ALWAYS! You had been in my life since I was 8 years old and grew up with you being my pastor! I recieved every sacrement but baptizem form you and married me as well. You at the end of the journey at St.Pauls baptized my daughter. Your were always there from the time I was a small kid visiting my house to losing my mother. Your words made a lasting impression on me and I will miss you greatly! Thank-you for touching my heart and showing me the light of Christ! Give my mom a hug for me! Love Monica

Angela Lavy Joel
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to Father Schiffer’s dear family. He was such a wonderful and special Priest when I was a student at CCHS. I will always remember his kindess and sincere concern for me and all of the students. My thoughts and prayers are with Father’s family and dearest friends. I am so blessed to have known him. Most sincerely, Ange Lavy Joel

Joseph P Cupp
8 years ago

My sister called me the evening of April 30 to tell me that a very beloved member of the family had died.

He was my father’s first cousin and the two of them were best friends growing up. In fact, HE introduced my parents to each other while they were all in high school.

My first cousin once removed is THAT how it goes? became a Catholic Priest.

But he was NEVER removed from our family. As I was growing up, Father Tom was always a part of my life. He and his parents, my great-aunt and great-uncle, as well as his brother and sisters were constant in my life.

When my parents celebrated their 25th Anniversary, he performed the ceremony renewing my parent’s wedding vows; in the home of his deceased parents my father’s aunt and uncle, my great-aunt and great-uncle. Afterward, we kids had planned a surprise party for our parents and Father Tom kept them after our dinner so we could escape to the surprise party.

THAT small indulgence to us pales in comparison to what he did in his own life.

After his brother-in-law died of cancer and five years afterward his sister died of cancer, Father Tom took in his four nephews. He was not only guardian of the four boys; he was a FATHER to them.

As well, after his parents died, he gladly and lovingly took into his care his “mentally-challenged” older brother.

Imagine that…a Catholic Priest with four young boys and his brother. As well, his parish as pastor and a Catholic priest.

He reared those young boys into fine men. His brother passed away May 1, 2007.

I find myself remembering this strong, robust, loving man who embraced everyone, especially family. I remember the holidays, and whenever he visited, and how much enjoyment I had seeing him. I remember my father and him laughing and joking and acting with each other like they were still 12-year-old boys. No matter the reason for the visit to our home, Father Tom ALWAYS had little gift for each one of us, my sisters and me.

Father Tom…. cousin Tom…. is as much a part of my life as anyone could be. More than that, HE was an inspiration and leader with love, kindness, sincerity, understanding and faith.

Alex & Leah Macia
8 years ago

Our deepest condolences to his family. We will remember him in our prayers.

Bob and Kitty Candee
8 years ago

Sister Kathleen and Family,

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Father Tom. He will be missed by many. Sincerely, Bob and Kitty Candee

Cindy Stanley
8 years ago

Sister Kathleen:

I am so sorry that I am unable to attend Father Tom’s service; however with Tony just passing it is just too difficult at this time.

I did want you to know how much Tony & I appreciated all the times you brought him communion. I will cherish the times You & I talked of Father Tom and Tony. You are a very special person and I’m sure Father Tom was so thankful for a sister such as you.

Frank and Sally Sirianni
8 years ago

So very saddened to hear of Father Schiffer’s passing. He was such a very caring and gentle person. Father gave my wife Sally her instructions in 1966 and helped officiate at our wedding 41 years ago. We loved him so very much and talked about him often. We loved to talk football as I was coaching at Wheeling High School at the time and was a former W.V.U. player and chatted about Chuck Howley often. My wife Sally and I loved his great sense of humor and we will never forget his kindness and compassion for everybody. PS, strangely enough, we just looked at our wedding album and commented about looking him up when in town. We are so blessed to have his picture in our wedding album. May God richly bless and comfort your family! In Christ Frank and Sally Sirianni

CINDY & MIKE PERRING
8 years ago

Sr. Kathleen,

Please accept our deepest sympathies on Fr Tom’s passing.

Anne Ricker
8 years ago

Sr. Kathleen,

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Keeping you in thought and many prayers.

God Bless,

Anne Ricker

Melinda and Sam Sutton
8 years ago

Thinking of Father Tom and his family. He was a great man.

Brad & Rhonda Robinson
8 years ago

Tim & Missy, Frank, Jimmy, & Joey & entire family,

Our deepest sympathies go out to you all. May God grant you comfort with the knowledge that Father Tommy is resting peacefully with his Creator and Lord Jesus.

God’s Blessings,

Brad & Rhonda

cassie welsh
8 years ago

To all of the Schiffer family,

I cannot begin to say how much I truly loved this priest. His sense of humor was unlike any other, he called me humble blumble. He was such a special person to our family and especially to my grandfather,Leo. I have more memories than this page could hold.

He showed me around Hinton and was there at my wedding, baptized all four of my children and always made us feel so special. He was such a man of God and will be surely missed by so many. I am sure he is celebrating today with all those who went before. Know that we will keep you in our prayers.

Cassie and Mike welsh

Sharon Antonelli Higgins
8 years ago

To Fr. Tom’s Family,

Fr. Tom was truly a special human being. He was always there for his people, especially the children. My boys have great memories of our visits with Fr. Tom & Uncle Jimmy in Weirton and in Glen Dale. Fr. Tom was also right there for me when my parents died. He was the first one there when my Dad John Antonelli died. Oh how my Dad loved Fr. Tom & Uncle Jimmy! Now, they all meet again in heaven. I will miss Fr. Tom immensely but I will cherish the memories forever. May God Bless You All!

With Love & Prayers,

Sharon, Ron, Andrew and Nicholas Higgins

Bro. Bill Lambert FMS
8 years ago

To my dear friend Tom and his family. My prayers are with you all in a very special way. Tom was a gentle giant and a true friend. He loved people and loved life to the fullest My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love and Peace,

Bother Rat

Karen an Glenn Greathouse
8 years ago

To the Carey Family an Aunt Kathy, Sorry, I missed all of you when we were there to see Fr. Tom. You are in our prayers an so is Fr. Tom. Love You All an God Bless, Karen an Glenn

Chad Miller
8 years ago

To the family of Fr. Tom

Fr. Tom provided my fondest memories of my faith from first communion to confirmation. His kindness and devotion to our family will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Fr. Tom.

Chuck and Cindy Oliver
8 years ago

To the family of Fr. Tom and Fr. Tom himself:

Fr. Tom has all through the years been a great help and influence to our family, especially our girls Carrie and Casey. I hope the peace and love of Christ is with you, Fr. Tom, and for eternity. Thank you for the love and caring you gave us.

Chuck and Cindy.

Carrie Oliver
8 years ago

To the family of Fr. Tom:

Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time for you. But we can be rest assured that our dear Fr. Tom is now in heaven with the angels receiving his reward for all of his years of dedication to serving God’s people. I have so many wonderful memories of him as I was growing up in St. Paul Parish and will forever hold them in my heart.

Rest in peace, Fr. Tom! You will be missed!

Christina Blair Brown
8 years ago

To the family of Fr. Tom:

Words can’t express how truly sorry I am to hear of Fr. Tom’s passing. I went to St. Paul School while Fr. Tom was pastor of St. Paul Church. He always knew how to brighten your day. He made St. Paul School such a fun place to learn. I will never forget that he always used to call me one of his favorite red-heads. All of you are in my prayers, and will continue to be. Fr. Tom will be forever missed.

Mary Ann Kinder
8 years ago

To the immediate family of Fr. Tom I extend my deepest condolences.

Fr. Tom was Pastor at St. Paul’s in Weirton for many years. During that time he became a true friend to me and my entire family Antonelli’s. I served for many years on his School Board and can attest that his love for the school was immeasurable. I remember him providing constant support as we began the St. Paul’s After School Care Program in the early 90’s after so many people said it would not work. That program still exists today. My three children Blair’s grew up in a loving, family atmosphere at that school — and much of it was due to Fr. Tom’s leadership.

I am forever grateful to him for this and so much more. I will be making a donation to St. Paul’s School in his memory. He will be forever missed and loved.

Paul Tedesco
8 years ago

Tom was a dear friend, and a lifelong mentor before and after my ordination. If ever a man was born to be a priest and “shepherd people,” it was Tom Schiffer. The world was a better place the last 71 years because of him. I’ll never forget him or his impact on my life

Judy Woomer
8 years ago

We were class mates. He has said many Masses for my intentions over the years. A great guy!

Monica DiLullo LeFever
8 years ago

You have touched my heart in ways I will cherish ALWAYS! You had been in my life since I was 8 years old and grew up with you being my pastor! I recieved every sacrement but baptizem form you and married me as well. You at the end of the journey at St.Pauls baptized my daughter. Your were always there from the time I was a small kid visiting my house to losing my mother. Your words made a lasting impression on me and I will miss you greatly! Thank-you for touching my heart and showing me the light of Christ! Give my mom a hug for me! Love Monica